Zaranj Airport

Zaranj Airport (Pashto: زرنج هوایي ډگر; Dari: فرودگاه زرنج) (IATA: ZAJ, ICAO: OAZJ),[4] also known as Nimruz Airport,[5] is located some 13 miles (21 km) east of the city of Zaranj in Afghanistan.[6][7][8] It is a domestic airport under the country's Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MoTCA),[1] and serves the population of Nimruz Province. Security in and around the airport is provided by the Afghan National Security Forces.

Zaranj Airport

Pashto: زرنج هوایي ډگر

Dari: فرودگاه زرنج
Zaranj Airfield assessment-5.jpg
U.S. Marine Corps performing a safety inspection of the runway in 2012
Airport typePublic
Owner Afghanistan
ServesNimruz Province
LocationZaranj, Afghanistan
Elevation AMSL1,592 ft / 485 m
Coordinates30°58′32″N 062°02′27″E / 30.97556°N 62.04083°E / 30.97556; 62.04083 (Zaranj Airport (Zaranj))Coordinates: 30°58′32″N 062°02′27″E / 30.97556°N 62.04083°E / 30.97556; 62.04083 (Zaranj Airport (Zaranj))
ZAJ is located in Afghanistan
Location of airport in Afghanistan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 2,733 8,968 Asphalt
Sources: Google Earth,[2][3]

Sitting at an elevation of 1,592 feet (485 m) above sea level, Zaranj Airport has one asphalt runway measuring around 8,968 by 145 feet (2,733 m × 44 m).[2] The airport was located in the past in the northern section of Zaranj, which site is now under the Ministry of Defense. In addition to the Afghan Armed Forces and Afghan National Police, the U.S military and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) also had presence there.[9][10]

The other closest Afghan airports to Zaranj Airport are Farah Airport in Farah Province to the north and Bost Airport in Helmand Province, which is around 250 miles (400 km) highway driving distance to the east.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Kam Air Kabul[11]

The airport also handles charter civilian and military flights.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Afghan Civilian and Military Airports Resume Activities". TOLOnews. January 29, 2022. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  2. ^ a b "Nimruz Airport". Google Earth.
  3. ^ Airport record for Zaranj Airport at Retrieved 2013-8-1
  4. ^ "OAZJ - Zaranj Airport | SkyVector". Retrieved 2020-08-15.
  5. ^ "Work on new Nimroz airport launched". Pajhwok Afghan News. November 3, 2011. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  6. ^ "Nimroz Province to Have New Airport". TOLOnews. January 8, 2011. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  7. ^ Accident history for ZAJ at Aviation Safety Network
  8. ^ Airport information for OAZJ at Great Circle Mapper.
  9. ^ GmbH, Vendana. "Airports | Aircraft charter | Private jet charter costs". Retrieved 2020-08-15.
  10. ^ "Zaranj Airport, Afghanistan -". Retrieved 2020-08-15.
  11. ^[dead link]

External linksEdit

  Media related to Zaranj Airport at Wikimedia Commons